In 1942, the German government opened a new top-security prisoner-of-war camp in Poland. Designed to hold captured airmen, Stalag Luft III soon became the home of some of the war’s most inventive escapers. It would be in this camp that Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, code-named ‘Big X’, would devise a plan to smuggle hundreds of POWs through a tunnel and to freedom. This daring project would become immortalised in the film The Great Escape.
In this captivating talk, Guy Walters will explore the lives of the escapees and the decisions they made. He will also consider what the escape really achieved and how it should be remembered.
About the speaker
Former Times journalist Guy Walters has written broadly on the Second World War. His works include Berlin Games and Hunting Evil, as well as many thrillers set in the same period such as The Leader, The Traitor, The Occupation and The Colditz Legacy. Guy also writes widely on historical topics for the national press.